Dolly Parton on Not Judging Gays: I Ain’t God and I Ain’t Runnin’ for Office
Dolly Parton sat down with The Boot to discuss her gay fans, and her unusual new partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, the exclusive retailer of her new album, An Evening With Dolly.
“Jolene” has been very popular all of these years, even overseas. That song has probably been recorded more than all my songs, even “I Will Always Love You.” Even in Japan, they’re singing it [sings] “Jo-rene, Jo-rene.” But we don’t care what language they sing it in, it’s been a good one and I’m very proud of that. It is a love song people can relate to, whether it’s men or women. There’s always somebody trying to steal your better half or your significant, or insignificant other, whoever that person is.
On “Hollywood to Dollywood” and her gay fans:
The movie is a documentary about these twin boys. They’re gay and their parents kind of turned them out and they did come to Dollywood. I did meet them and I allowed them to use some of my songs. They’re sweet, sweet, precious boys and the fact that I was an inspiration and someone they kind of leaned on. You never know how God works to help people. We’re all God’s children no matter what. So, there was a lot of love and understanding and I think they felt that. Being a freak, I know what it’s like not being accepted. Not that they were freaks but I was. I just know, through the years, I’ve had people tell me I should do this or I shouldn’t do that. I have a lot of gay fans because they know that I just accept people as they are. That’s not my place to judge. I ain’t God and I ain’t runnin’ for office. But I was proud to be part of that. It makes you feel good.
Jo-rene, Jo-rene? Gosh, we love this lady!
“Joyful Noise” didn’t do too good, so I ain’t had too many calls. [laughs] I enjoyed it, though, it was a big hit with me.